David L Wood III

David Wood is a Senior Staff Scientist, Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Team Lead, Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager, and UT Bredesen Center Faculty Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researching novel electrode architectures, advanced processing methods, manufacturing science, and materials characterization for lithium ion batteries and low-temperature fuel cells, and has been employed there since 2009.  He is a well-known energy conversion and storage researcher with an industrial and academic career that began in 1995.  From 1997 to 2002, he was employed by General Motors Corporation and SGL Carbon Group, excelling at applied R&D related to automotive and stationary PEFC technology.  Later work (2003-2009) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Cabot Corporation focused on elucidation of key chemical degradation mechanisms, development of accelerated testing methods, and component development.  Dr. Wood received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1994, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Electrochemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2007.  He was part of two LANL research teams that won the DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award for outstanding achievement in 2005 and 2009.  He was also part of the Cabot Corporation Direct Methanol Fuel Cell team, which won the Samuel W. Bodman Award for Excellence in 2008.  Dr. Wood was also the 2011 winner of the ORNL Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment and led a team that won both a 2013 R&D 100 award and 2014 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) award with Porous Power Technologies.  He has 12 issued patents and patent applications, authored 39 refereed journal articles and transactions papers, authored 2 book chapters, and given 59 technical presentations.  His personal Web of Science impact factor is 90.4.  Dr. Wood manages an average annual ORNL budget of $9.5M related to hydrogen infrastructure issues, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and lithium ion batteries.

 

Awards

R&D 100 Award Finalist, Sharp Laboratories of America and ORNL – Low Cost Sodium Ion Battery to Enable Grid Scale Energy Storage (2016).
ORNL Energy & Transportation Science Division Exceptional Effort Award (2014).
Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Excellence in Technology Transfer Award – SYMMETRIX® HPX-F Lithium-Ion Battery Nanocomposite Separator (2014).
R&D 100 Award, Porous Power Technologies, LLC and ORNL – Novel SYMMETRIX® HPX-F Nanocomposite Separator for Improved Lithium Ion Battery Safety (2013).
ORNL Significant Event Award for Advanced Characterization and Processing for Lithium Ion Battery Materials (2011).
ORNL Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment (2011).
ORNL Partnerships Key Contributor Award (2010).
DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award – LANL fuel cell (FC) impurities team for Outstanding Contribution in Determining the Effects of Impurities on FC Performance and Durability (2009).
Samuel W. Bodman Award for Excellence presented to Cabot Corporation DMFC team (2008).
DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award – LANL FC durability team for Outstanding Achievement in R&D of PEMFC Durability (2005).
Honorable mention for Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research (2005).
Winner of inaugural Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award Contest (2004).

Patents

B. Sopori, M. Ulsh, P. Rupnowski, G. Bender, M. Penev, J. Li, C. Daniel, and D.L. Wood, III, “Batch and Continuous Methods for Evaluating the Physical and Thermal Properties of Films,” Filed March 8th, 2016, U.S. Patent Application No. 16/051,314 (Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC).
D.J. King, S. Babinec, P.L. Hagans, L.C. Maxey, E.A. Payzant, C. Daniel, A.S. Sabau, R.B. Dinwiddie, B.L. Armstrong, J.Y. Howe, D.L. Wood, III, and N.S. Nembhard “Characterization of Dielectric Materials,” Filed January 22nd, 2015, U.S. Patent No. 9,689,822 (UT-Battelle, LLC), 2017.
J. Li, B.L. Armstrong, C. Daniel, D.L. Wood, “Aqueous Processing of Composite Lithium Ion Electrode Material,” Filed January 6th, 2015, U.S. Patent No. 9,685,652 (UT-Battelle, LLC), 2017.
B.L. Armstrong, C. Daniel, J.Y. Howe, J.O. Kiggans, Jr., A.S. Sabau, and D.L. Wood, III, “Method and Apparatus for In-Situ Drying Investigation and Optimization of Slurry Drying Methodology,” Filed October 19th, 2012, U.S. Patent No. 9,337,470 (UT-Battelle, LLC), 2016.
J. Li, B.L. Armstrong, C. Daniel, D.L. Wood, “Aqueous Processing of Composite Lithium Ion Electrode Material,” Filed October 12th, 2012, U.S. Patent No. 8,956,688 (UT-Battelle, LLC), 2015.
C.I. Contescu, N.C. Gallego, J.Y. Howe, H.M. Meyer, III, E.A. Payzant, D.L. Wood, III, S.Y. Yoon, and M.R. Denlinger, “Forming Gas Treatment of Lithium Ion Battery Anode Graphite Powders,” Filed August 20th, 2012, U.S. Patent No. 8,834,829 (UT-Battelle, LLC), 2014.
M. Mathias, B. Sompalli, M. Schoeneweiss, and D. Wood, “Poröses Diffusionsmedium, Vorrichtung mit einem porösen Diffusionsmedium und Vorrichtung mit einer Membranelektrodenanordnung,” Filed December 8th, 2003, German Patent No. DE 10,394,032 (General Motors Corporation), 2013.
M. Mathias, R. Darling, and D.L. Wood, “Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell,” Filed November 24th, 2003, U.S. Patent No. 7,157,178 (General Motors Corporation), 2007.
M.F. Mathias, J. Roth, B. Sompalli, M. Schoeneweiss, and D. Wood, “Diffusion Media, Fuel Cells, and Fuel Cell Powered Systems,” Filed October 14th, 2003, U.S. Patent No. 7,303,835 (General Motors Corporation), 2007.
M. Mathias, R. Darling, and D.L Wood III, “Verbesserte Protonenaustauschmembran-Brennstoffzelle,” Filed October 7th, 2004, German Patent No. DE 112,004,002,294 (General Motors Corporation), 2006.
M. Mathias, R. Darling, and D. Wood, III, “Improved Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell,” Filed October 7th, 2004, World Patent No. WO 2005057684 (General Motors Corporation), 2006.
M. Mathias, J. Roth, B. Sompalli, M. Schoeneweiss, and D. Wood, “Diffusion Layer and Fuel Cells,” Filed December 8th, 2003, World Patent No. WO 2004066427 (General Motors Corporation), 2004.
D. Wood, S. Grot, and G. Fly, “Verbundanordnung zur Gasverteilung bei Brennstoffzellen,” Filed September 28th, 2000 German Patent No. DE 10,048,182 (General Motors Corporation), 2004.
D.L. Wood, S.A. Grot, and G. Fly, “Composite Gas Distribution Structure for Fuel Cell,” Filed September 24th, 1999, U.S. Patent No. 6,350,539 (General Motors Corporation), 2002.